The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population.

The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in maryland is 1,768,596 - at 29.4% of the total population of maryland.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted maryland? Which cities and towns in maryland have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in maryland with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. District Heights
  2. Glenarden
  3. Bladensburg
  4. New Carrollton
  5. Baltimore
  6. Laurel
  7. Bowie
  8. Cheverly
  9. Greenbelt
  10. Cambridge

What's the blackest city in Maryland? District Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in maryland for 2021. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in maryland or the most diverse places in maryland.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Maryland For 2021

1. District Heights

District Heights, MD

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Population: 6,000
% African American: 89.37%
# Of African American Residents: 5,362
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.08%
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2. Glenarden

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Population: 6,140
% African American: 83.32%
# Of African American Residents: 5,116
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.42%
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3. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, MD

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Population: 9,402
% African American: 67.66%
# Of African American Residents: 6,361
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.46%
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4. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, MD

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Population: 12,935
% African American: 62.27%
# Of African American Residents: 8,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.39%
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5. Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 609,032
% African American: 61.77%
# Of African American Residents: 376,203
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.27%
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6. Laurel

Laurel, MD

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Population: 25,767
% African American: 52.61%
# Of African American Residents: 13,555
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.4%
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7. Bowie

Bowie, MD

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Population: 58,481
% African American: 52.12%
# Of African American Residents: 30,478
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.5%
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8. Cheverly

Cheverly, MD

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Population: 6,435
% African American: 45.98%
# Of African American Residents: 2,959
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.7%
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9. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, MD

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Population: 23,219
% African American: 45.94%
# Of African American Residents: 10,667
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.88%
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10. Cambridge

Cambridge, MD

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Population: 12,375
% African American: 43.99%
# Of African American Residents: 5,444
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.86%
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How We Determined The Cities In maryland With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across maryland.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.4% to 0.9%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. District Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Thurmont was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in maryland ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Black Populations Across Maryland

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maryland:

  1. Thurmont
  2. Ocean City
  3. Hampstead

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Maryland

Rank City % African American Population
1 District Heights 89.37% 6,000
2 Glenarden 83.32% 6,140
3 Bladensburg 67.66% 9,402
4 New Carrollton 62.27% 12,935
5 Baltimore 61.77% 609,032
6 Laurel 52.61% 25,767
7 Bowie 52.12% 58,481
8 Cheverly 45.98% 6,435
9 Greenbelt 45.94% 23,219
10 Cambridge 43.99% 12,375
11 Mount Rainier 42.75% 8,107
12 Salisbury 40.33% 32,693
13 Takoma Park 32.18% 17,672
14 La Plata 29.42% 9,376
15 Hyattsville 29.38% 18,242
16 Aberdeen 24.13% 15,848
17 Riverdale Park 22.13% 7,198
18 Annapolis 21.24% 39,278
19 Frederick 18.94% 70,887
20 College Park 18.76% 32,159
21 Gaithersburg 17.44% 67,742
22 Cheste 16.71% 5,088
23 Hagerstown 16.58% 40,152
24 Elkton 15.89% 15,644
25 Havre De Grace 15.32% 13,652
26 Frostburg 12.66% 8,591
27 Easton 10.91% 16,591
28 Rockville 10.56% 67,542
29 Westminster 9.78% 18,552
30 Walkersville 9.06% 6,179
31 Brunswick 7.16% 6,258
32 Chesapeake Beach 6.43% 5,960
33 Cumberland 5.72% 19,650
34 Mount Airy 4.13% 9,397
35 Taneytown 3.82% 6,787
36 Bel Air 3.64% 10,071
37 Hampstead 2.37% 6,362
38 Ocean City 1.61% 6,972
39 Thurmont 0.86% 6,638

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  1. Wanting more illiterate and violent people in the name of diversity is about as stupid as it gets. The author of this idiotic article is a moron.

  2. The author has provided a valuable perspective on race in Maryland. Knowing that ten significant cities in the state have a substantial Black population underlines the diversity in the state and hopefully a decline in white nationalism. As for the previous comment the most violent people in the country and the state are probably gun loving whites who unfortunately kill themselves as the suicide rates vastly out strip the homicide rates. Go figure.

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